Liberty Institute Opposes HOA's RequestTo Shutdown Dallas Jewish Congregation's Religious Practice



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Liberty Institute Opposes HOA's RequestTo Shutdown Dallas Jewish

Congregation's Religious Practice

PLANO, Texas, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Liberty

Institute, on behalf of its client Congregation Toras Chaim, will

encourage a district judge to deny a request from a homeowner's

association for a temporary injunction that would effectively end

community religious practice for 30 Orthodox Jewish families in North

Dallas.

The public hearing on the lawsuit-- David R. Schneider, v. Judith D.

Gothelf, Mark B. Gothelf and Congregation Toras Chaim, Inc., and

Highlands of McKamy IV and V Community Improvement Association v.

Judith D. Gothelf and Mark B. Gothelf-is scheduled for 9:00 AM CT in

the 429th District Court of Collin County, 2100 Bloomdale Rd.,

McKinney. Following the hearing, a Liberty Institute attorney will be

available for interviews.

"We are hopeful that the judge will not disrupt these families' access

to their religious community and effectively ban their religious

practices," said Justin Butterfield, Liberty Institute Senior Counsel.

"This would be an egregious violation of their right to religious

freedom."

In the case, Liberty Institute attorneys cite that, contrary to the

purpose of a temporary injunction to preserve the status quo, granting

a temporary injunction against Congregation Toras Chaim would shutdown

worship and impede its members from continuing to carryout its

activities in homes within the Highlands of McKamy as it has done for

more than three years. This would violate the Texas Religious Freedom

Restoration Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized

Persons Act because it places a substantial burden on the

congregation's religious practices.

Liberty Institute is a national nonprofit legal group dedicated to

defending and restoring religious liberty across America - in our

schools, for our churches, inside our military and throughout the

public arena. Liberty's vision is to reestablish religious liberty in

accordance with the principles of our Founding Fathers. For

information, visit www.LibertyInstitute.org.

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